Chicken Cacciatore

Once again it’s cooking class time for me. The month of January has been filled with one class after another. I do enjoy every minute of the classes. Sometimes the prep work of recipe research and shopping can be taxing but it’s all part of what I do. There are ways to make those parts … Continue reading

An Early Christmas Celebration

An Early Christmas Celebration

Yesterday we had an early Christmas celebration with my daughter who lives out-of-town. All of us from this side of the state traveled over to the other side for some family craziness and fun. Try to picture the scene of six children under the age of six and 10 teens/adults ranging in ages 15 to … Continue reading

My Roots Are Showing

My Roots Are Showing

I’m in the back row, far right, my dad is holding me and my blonde hair is showing. No, I don’t color my hair, I’m talking about my Italian roots. With yesterday being Thanksgiving, I made the traditional United States citizen meal of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry and pumpkin pie. It felt … Continue reading

My birthday and a bucket list

My birthday and a bucket list

Photo credit: eslblogcafe.com I know this is mainly a food blog but since I’m turning 46 on Monday, I thought it was high time I compose a bucket list. This will not be complete as I know I’ll think of more things here and there but it will be a start and I can add … Continue reading

Appetizer Party Class

Appetizer Party Class

Last night I taught another appetizer class. This was a first at one of the venues I sought out last spring. We had scheduled two different classes and only the one appetizer party class had a few who were interested enough to enroll. Yeah! I almost forgot about the class because of so many other … Continue reading

Waste not, want not.

Waste not, want not.

Waste not, want not: It’s a motto of many cultures, the Italians being one of them. I’m not a “gizzard and hearts” kind of cook but I try to use up all the leftovers we have on a given day. Usually they end up in my husband’s lunch. One can only have spaghetti and meatballs … Continue reading

Olives part 2

Olives part 2

If you are a regular reader, you will remember I was given the chance to cure fresh olives at home from Penna-Great Olives this fall. They shipped me a box of olives, they were very generous and sent 2.5 pounds of olives. I was faithful to my daily duty to curing the olives using the … Continue reading

Canning Tomato Sauce

Canning Tomato Sauce

  I have to admit to the fact that I have never canned tomatoes or anything until I tried making some marinated zucchini this year. It turned out so-so. I figured if I was ever going to get serious about canning tomatoes or sauce, I’d better go and learn from some experts and educate myself … Continue reading